Our friends Will and Shirley brought us this wine one evening when they came over for dinner. We have saved it for quite a while but tonight seemed like a good evening to open the bottle. I am grilling marinated pork loin for dinner. I have brown rice steaming and I will make asparagus too.
This Rodney Strong Sonoma County Merlot 2004 from California has a nice red color in the glass. On the palate are blueberries, plums, and cherries. The feel of this wine is soft and full in the mouth. There is a lovely, lingering, vanilla spice on the finish with a touch of buttered toast.
Will and Shirley, you picked a very nice wine — thank you! It is the perfect wine to celebrate the end of a work week and the start of a warm April weekend.